Erick Matsanza is passionate about catalyzing social change, a social entrepreneur, a brand builder, a social change catalyst, a speaker and a mentor, Erick is a believer in diversity and inclusion and employs disruptive means in challenging the status quo at the backyard of society. He focuses on elevating brands and developing social change innovation strategies for social entrepreneurs. On a larger scale as a social initiator, Erick Matsanza idealized and founded Spice Without Borders, a global leadership academy and incubator for social change innovation that provides mentorship and one-on-one training for those who want to enact change at the backyard of society. These are individual activists, creatives, entrepreneurs, initiators, and innovators passionate about social change.
Inspired by the struggles of the women in his childhood who impacted his life when he was about to miss his education. Erick Matsanza got stirred to see to it that more women and men as well are equipped with the necessary skills that foster creative and critical thinking so as to be able to sustainably transform society. He is committed to creating a movement of authentic social change accelerators driven by the virtue of equity and equality by equipping a new generation of change leaders from the backyards of society with ideas and skills necessary to initiate sustainable social ventures.
In his quest for a Kenya free from discrimination, negative attitudes and harmful norms, as part of the Kenya Ni Kwetu movement Erick jumped from one issue to another on a national scale fighting for the rights of the people using creative ways that exposed social injustices. With each single day new issues coming up, Erick made a u-turn to zoom right in his backyard and bring out the hidden and unpronounced issues. With his sister, a single mother of 6 children not having a voice in the family and living in uncertainty for being deprived of her right to land and property ownership by his brothers due to traditional believes, he purposed that Spice Without Borders is to empower a new crop of social change catalysts who stand up against social ills in their own backyards.
Erick Matsanza’s expertise in social perspectives entail project planning and management, concept transformation, issue based awareness campaigns, branding and marketing, event planning and management, social media advocacy and has skills in fundraising. Before initiating Spice Without Borders, he co-founded Life Bridge an organization that bridges the technological divide and was a founding director at Intelsoft Limited, an Information and Communication Technology firm. He serves as the National Secretary for information and Publicity at Labour Party of Kenya, a political movement that espouses the principles of social democracy. He has also volunteered in a number of organizations across the world including Video Volunteers at their head office in Goa – India, Pawa 254 in Nairobi – Kenya, Hotel Kenrock, Kampala – Uganda.
For most of his life Erick has led a double life. By day he’s been defending human rights as an activist, as an entrepreneur he is an information technology consultant. With Spice Without Borders, Erick has integrated these two lives where he leads his team on identifying and equipping a new generation of change leaders; activists, creatives, entrepreneurs, initiators and innovators. Erick has developed and curated SpiceTalks, a platform for exceptionally spicy ideas from the backyard of society, and Be Spiced Workshops empowering individuals from diverse backgrounds and especially from the margins of society to build careers, business and lives that make a positive impact on the world. These initiatives have put him at the center of accelerating social change impact and provided him with a unique perspective for understanding and influencing trends within social change innovation and entrepreneurship.
As social change catalyst and a public speaker, Erick delivers spicy keynotes, workshops, and training for conferences, nonprofits, and learning institutions on social change innovation, entrepreneurship, personal branding, community building, and millennial engagement. His training on social innovation focuses on integrating a culture of entrepreneurship and innovation into nonprofits and social enterprises.
Erick Matsanza is part of the world wide scouting movement, as a young boy he took part in the 35th Jamboree-on-the-air (JOTA). He is also is a holder of the President’s Award Kenya Silver Standard.
Red Chili as a Corporate Identity
Erick looked at a red chili and how it’s so captivating from the outside yet so spicy on the inside. A chili never loses its spiciness whether boiled or dried and crushed. Each one of us has this uniqueness within ourselves no matter what we have to go through in life. We may not realize it until our mindsets are transformed and accelerated with a set of values that are within us.
Erick Matsanza picked on a red chili and coined it with a square open at the right corner with the chili popping out to symbolize thinking out of the box without losing the inner spice This forms the corporate identity of Spice Without Borders.
Spice Without Borders is to foster a society where everyone is equal and passionately creating a world that is better and sustainable for all by making a positive impact in a way they only know better, a society where we are not defined by who we are but by the positive change we create, a society impacted by activists, creatives, entrepreneurs, initiators, and innovators from the backyard of society who are passionate about social change. For us to be able to impact our backyards, it requires the spice, open-mindedness and ethical leadership that is authentic and accelerated with the virtue of equity and equality.